Customs authorities in a northeastern Chinese city last week destroyed at least 30,000 World maps that showed Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India and Taiwan as a separate country.
According to the several media reports, it was the largest such exercise in recent years and was carried out to protect China’s “territorial integrity”.
The maps were in English and manufactured by a company in a Chinese province called, Anhui.
Acting on a tip off, customs officials of Qingdao city in Shandong province raided an office and seized more than 800 boxes containing 28,908 world maps.
“A total of 803 boxes of the 28,908 wrong maps were seized and destroyed, the largest amount to be disposed of in recent years,” the province’s Natural Resources ministry said at a press conference, quoted by the news website Dazhongwang Qingdao reported.
The destroyed maps were meant for export to an unspecified country, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.
China claims the north-eastern Indian state Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.
On the other hand, India says the State of Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country.